Key Executives


Sivandran GoudenDr Sivandran Munsami Gounden – Chairman

Dr Gounden is the Chairman of the HolGoun Group of which he is the founder.  Dr Gounden was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Bateman Engineering N.V., where he was responsible for the listing of Bateman Engineering N.V. on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.  He also has over the last 10 years served as a Non-Executive Director of Optimum Coal, Lonmin Plc, Grindrod Limited and Anglo American SA.  Prior to that, he was the Director-General of the Department of Public Enterprises, where he was responsible for the listing of Telkom SA on the New York Stock Exchange Inc and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  He presently holds directorships in Samancor, various HolGoun Group of Companies and Daly Credit Corporation. Dr Gounden graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Durban-Westville and holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Natal.



Vanessa GoudenVanessa Gounden – Chief Executive Office

Vanessa Gounden is the Chief Executive Officer of the HolGoun Group as well as the Chairperson of the HolGoun Development Trust. Vanessa was formally the VP Customer Services at South African Airways and GM Human Resources at the National Intelligence Agency. Amongst her many HolGoun Group directorships she also holds a directorship in Samancor and Daly Credit Corporation. She has been actively involved in community work for many years and sat on the board of the Chatsworth Child & Family Welfare Society. Vanessa holds a B.Tech Honours degree in Human Resources from Pretoria University.



Lee GoundenLee Gounden – Executive

Lee serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the HolGoun Group and has 7+ years’ experience in all areas of executive management. Lee oversees all Group subsidiary marketing and brand creation functions with special focus on music, movies and fashion. Lee is highly proficient in the IT Sector.



Anastasia Maimonis – Head: Group Business Development

Anastasia Maimonis is a qualified attorney and Notary. Anastasia is currently the Head of Business Development and head of fashion for the HolGoun Group. Anastasia joined Jowell Glyn & Marais Inc. (now Glyn Marais Inc.) as a candidate attorney in 1999 and was made a partner of the firm in 2005. Her practice was mainly in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions areas and extended to a broad range of company and commercial work including mergers and acquisitions, schemes of arrangement, take-overs, listings, black economic empowerment transactions, and general commercial work; including financial instruments, exchange control and stock exchange related matters. Anastasia holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees from Wits University.


Kevin FrancisKevin Francis – Head: HolGoun Healthcare

Kevin Francis is currently the Head of HolGoun Healthcare.  Kevin has 18 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry in both public and private sectors. He formerly held key management positions in Pfizer, Abbott and Sanofi-Aventis. Kevin holds a B.Sc Degree from University of Kwa Zulu Natal.



Mike NelMike Nell – Head of Mining

Mike is a qualified metallurgist with 30 years’ experience in the mining and mineral processing industry.  Mike has vast experience in the management and development of projects in the coal, uranium, precious metal and base metal industries. Mike held various senior management positions up to director’s level in the mining and processing industry prior to joining HolGoun in 2007. 




Theodora AvyidiTheodora Avyidi  - Company Secretary

Theodora is the Group Company Secretary. Theodora is a Qualified Lawyer and has obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and joined HolGoun in 2006 shortly after completing her articles. Apart from her responsibility as the Group Company Secretary, Theodora is also the HolGoun Development Trust Administrator.



Chris ViljoenChris Viljoen – Mineral Rights Manager: HolGoun Mining

Chris has 23 years experience in mining rights and property management having being employed by Gold Fields of South Africa as a mining rights officer from 1985 to the end of 2000 and by Ridge Mining as mineral rights manager thereafter until joining HolGoun in 2007.